This week at a glance - 27 to 30 October 2014

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No. 65/2014

27 to 30 October 2014

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.

Condolence motion

27 October 2014

A motion of condolence will be moved regarding the death of former Prime Minister, the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC. As a mark of respect, it will then be proposed that the Senate adjourn.


Bills and related documents

Bills to be considered

The Government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows:

28 October 2014

  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 6) Bill 2014 [homepage]

29 October 2014

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

30 October 2014

  • Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Dental Benefits Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges (Amendment) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Supplement Cessation) Bill 2014 [homepage]



Scheduled public committee hearings

Reports due to be tabled this week

27 October 2014

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2014
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Manus Island Detention Centre

28 October 2014

  • Economics Legislation Committee–Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014
  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014

29 October 2014

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–National Landcare Program
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Illegal fishing
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Comprehensive revision of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

30 October 2014

  • Economics References Committee–Retail leasing.
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Abuse in Defence

Other business

Documents presented out of sitting to be tabled on 27 October 2014

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)


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